Issues in Intelligence Production – Summary of interviews with Canadian managers of intelligence analysts

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Authors
  1. Derbentseva, N.
  2. McLellan, L.
  3. Mandel, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Intelligence analysis provides important informational support to civilian and military decision makers. Recent intelligence failures of Canada’s allies have been attributed mostly to cognitive, social, and organizational deficits and biases of individual analysts and intelligence agencies. Such attributions call for a comprehensive examination of the intelligence production from the socio-psychological perspective. The present report discusses findings from the interviews conducted with Canadian managers of intelligence analysts. The interviewed managers identified a number of pertinent issues in the intelligence production process that may be explicated through the application of the behavioural sciences’ accumulated knowledge and methodology. The identified issues are discussed in light of the intelligence studies and behavioural sciences literature, and a roadmap for the behavioural sciences research program in support of the intelligence function is outlined.

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Keywords
Intelligence analysis;Canadian intelligence community;issues in intelligence analysis;behavioural sciences
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2010-144 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2010
Number of Pages
121
DSTKIM No
CA035379
CANDIS No
534903
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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